FOURTEENTH TALK 2?1
another man does or says or believes is no affair of yours,
and you must learn to let him absolutely alone.
There it is agaiť: a man makes a blatant statement
of his belief. Well, let him. He may choose to-
believe that the earth is flat or that the Sun goes
round it; let him. It is his own affair. You know
you are not bound to start out as a schoolmaster. If
you were in the position of a schoolmaster and were
appointed to teach certain boys, then you would
gently, quietly correct them, because that would
be your duty. That is what you are there for.
But you are not appointed as a schoolmaster to the
general public, and there is no reason why you should
be perpetually correcting wrong statements, above all
why you should interfere with other people's beliefs
and actions, so long as their actions are not obvious-
ly to the common harm in some way. A man may so
comport himself as to be a nuisance to his neighbours.
Then it may sometimes be your duty to suggest some-
thing. In very many cases you do not even do that
you simply go away in order that you may escape
from that particular nuisance. It is not your business
to start out correcting people. If we could remember
that, we should save ourselves a vast amount of
trouble. Ttys wish to meddle in other people's
business is so common. The Master says here:
He has full right to free thought and speech and
action, so long as he does not interfere with any one else.
You yourself claim the freedom to do what you think